‘None of us can change our yesterdays but all of us can change our tomorrows’ (Colin Powell)
2018 was a great year and looking forward to having a great 2019 as well!
I’m sure you will hear Happy New Year for the next few weeks, so I decided to get my version in via a blog post. Positive thoughts lead to positive actions so let’s use the New Year vibe to create a road map for your personal and professional success.
I’ve never been a huge fan of New Year’s resolutions because the construct behind these resolutions have an air of whimsy. Most resolutions are stated with an almost ‘either/or’ prospect without the foundation for future growth or success.
I sit down each January and generate a list of goals I will accomplish in the New Year. These goals range from travel locations, fitness targets, professional pursuits, community involvement and reading plans for the year. Generating SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time Based) goals provides a template to determine progress towards meeting a specific goal. The ability to gauge progress towards stated goals provide a level of satisfaction and accountability to meet or exceed a goal. I also leverage an accountability partner who receives a copy of my goals and checks on progress throughout the year.
I routinely advise direct reports and mentees to generate 3 SMART goals in the following areas: professional and personal. This process has helped them set goals to ensure the new year will bring the success they seek. Please note: 3 SMART goals are the minimum I request from my tree; most create a robust number of goals in these areas and others depending on their professional and personal needs.
Use the early days of 2019 to get organized and create goals that will enhance your entire 2019! Don’t wait, get moving towards the productive year and outcomes you want to see!
Let’s energize your Walk into the Future!
What goals do you have for the New Year?